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MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 6th Ed,9780873529860

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 6th Ed

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5/1/2003
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Summary

The MLA Handbook is published by the Modern Language Association, the authority on MLA documentation style. Widely adopted in high schools, colleges, and publishing houses, the MLA Handbook treats every aspect of research writing, from selecting a topic to submitting the completed paper. The expanded, revised, and redesigned sixth edition of the Handbook is a complete, up-to-date guide to documentation style and online research.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xv
Research and Writing
The Research Paper as a Form of Explorationp. 3
The Research Paper as a Form of Communicationp. 5
Selecting a Topicp. 6
Freedom of Choicep. 6
Finding an Appropriate Focusp. 7
Summing Upp. 7
Conducting Researchp. 8
The Modern Academic Libraryp. 8
Library Research Sourcesp. 9
The Central Information Systemp. 10
Reference Worksp. 11
The Online Catalog of Library Holdingsp. 20
Full-Text Databasesp. 25
Other Library Resources and Servicesp. 30
Internet Sourcesp. 31
Summing Upp. 36
Compiling a Working Bibliographyp. 37
Keeping Track of Sourcesp. 37
Creating a Computer File for the Working Bibliographyp. 37
Recording Essential Publication Informationp. 38
Noting Other Useful Informationp. 40
Verifying Publication Informationp. 40
Converting the Working Bibliography to the Works-Cited Listp. 40
Summing Upp. 41
Evaluating Sourcesp. 41
Authorityp. 41
Accuracy and Verifiabilityp. 44
Currencyp. 45
Summing Upp. 45
Taking Notesp. 46
Methods of Note-Takingp. 46
Types of Note-Takingp. 46
Recording Page Numbersp. 47
Using a Computer for Note-Takingp. 47
Amount and Accuracy of Note-Takingp. 47
Summing Upp. 48
Outliningp. 48
Working Outlinep. 48
Thesis Statementp. 49
Final Outlinep. 51
Summing Upp. 56
Writing Draftsp. 57
The First Draftp. 57
Subsequent Draftsp. 57
Writing with a Word Processorp. 58
The Final Draft and the Research Project Portfoliop. 59
Summing Upp. 59
Language and Stylep. 60
Guides to Writingp. 61
Plagiarism
Definition of Plagiarismp. 66
Consequences of Plagiarismp. 66
Information Sharing Todayp. 68
Unintentional Plagiarismp. 69
Forms of Plagiarismp. 70
When Documentation Is Not Neededp. 73
Other Issuesp. 74
Reusing a Research Paperp. 74
Collaborative Workp. 74
Copyright Infringementp. 74
Summing Upp. 75
The Mechanics of Writing
Spellingp. 79
Consistencyp. 79
Word Divisionp. 79
Pluralsp. 80
Foreign Wordsp. 80
Punctuationp. 80
The Purpose of Punctuationp. 80
Commasp. 81
Semicolonsp. 85
Colonsp. 86
Dashes and Parenthesesp. 87
Hyphensp. 88
Apostrophesp. 90
Quotation Marksp. 91
Square Bracketsp. 92
Slashesp. 93
Periods, Question Marks, and Exclamation Pointsp. 93
Spacing after Concluding Punctuation Marksp. 93
Italics (Underlining)p. 94
Words and Letters Referred to as Words and Lettersp. 95
Foreign Words in an English Textp. 95
Emphasisp. 95
Names of Personsp. 96
First and Subsequent Uses of Namesp. 96
Titles of Personsp. 96
Names of Authors and Fictional Charactersp. 97
Numbersp. 97
Arabic Numeralsp. 97
Use of Words or Numeralsp. 98
Commas in Numbersp. 99
Percentages and Amounts of Moneyp. 100
Dates and Times of the Dayp. 100
Inclusive Numbersp. 101
Roman Numeralsp. 102
Titles of Works in the Research Paperp. 102
Capitalization and Punctuationp. 102
Underlined Titlesp. 104
Titles in Quotation Marksp. 105
Titles and Quotations within Titlesp. 106
Exceptionsp. 107
Shortened Titlesp. 109
Quotationsp. 109
Use and Accuracy of Quotationsp. 109
Prosep. 110
Poetryp. 111
Dramap. 113
Ellipsisp. 114
Other Alterations of Sourcesp. 118
Punctuation with Quotationsp. 119
Translations of Quotationsp. 121
Capitalization and Personal Names in Languages Other Than Englishp. 122
Frenchp. 122
Germanp. 124
Italianp. 126
Spanishp. 127
Latinp. 129
The Format of the Research Paper
Printing or Typingp. 132
Paperp. 132
Marginsp. 132
Spacingp. 133
Heading and Titlep. 133
Page Numbersp. 134
Tables and Illustrationsp. 134
Corrections and Insertionsp. 137
Bindingp. 138
Electronic Submissionp. 138
Documentation: Preparing the List of Works Cited
Documenting Sourcesp. 142
MLA Stylep. 142
The List of Works Cited and Other Source Listsp. 144
Format of the List of Works Citedp. 145
Arrangement of Entriesp. 146
Citing Books and Other Nonperiodical Publicationsp. 147
The Basic Entry: A Book by a Single Authorp. 147
An Anthology or a Compilationp. 152
Two or More Books by the Same Authorp. 153
A Book by Two or More Authorsp. 154
Two or More Books by the Same Authorsp. 156
A Book by a Corporate Authorp. 157
A Work in an Anthologyp. 158
An Article in a Reference Bookp. 160
An Introduction, a Preface, a Foreword, or an Afterwordp. 161
Cross-Referencesp. 162
An Anonymous Bookp. 163
An Editionp. 163
A Translationp. 165
A Book Published in a Second or Subsequent Editionp. 166
A Multivolume Workp. 167
A Book in a Seriesp. 170
A Republished Bookp. 171
A Publisher's Imprintp. 172
A Book with Multiple Publishersp. 173
A Pamphletp. 174
A Government Publicationp. 174
The Published Proceedings of a Conferencep. 176
A Book in a Language Other Than Englishp. 177
A Book Published before 1900p. 177
A Book without Stated Publication Information or Paginationp. 178
An Unpublished Dissertationp. 179
A Published Dissertationp. 179
Citing Articles and Other Publications in Periodicalsp. 180
The Basic Entry: An Article in a Scholarly Journal with Continuous Paginationp. 180
An Article in a Scholarly Journal That Pages Each Issue Separatelyp. 184
An Article in a Scholarly Journal That Uses Only Issue Numbersp. 184
An Article in a Scholarly Journal with More Than One Seriesp. 185
An Article in a Newspaperp. 185
An Article in a Magazinep. 187
A Reviewp. 188
An Abstract in an Abstracts Journalp. 189
An Anonymous Articlep. 190
An Editorialp. 190
A Letter to the Editorp. 191
A Serialized Articlep. 191
A Special Issuep. 192
An Article in a Microform Collection of Articlesp. 193
An Article Reprinted in a Loose-Leaf Collection of Articlesp. 193
Citing Miscellaneous Print and Nonprint Sourcesp. 194
A Television or Radio Programp. 194
A Sound Recordingp. 196
A Film or Video Recordingp. 198
A Performancep. 199
A Musical Compositionp. 200
A Painting, Sculpture, or Photographp. 201
An Interviewp. 202
A Map or Chartp. 203
A Cartoon or Comic Stripp. 203
An Advertisementp. 204
A Lecture, a Speech, an Address, or a Readingp. 204
A Manuscript or Typescriptp. 205
A Letter or Memop. 205
A Legal Sourcep. 206
Citing Electronic Publicationsp. 207
The Basic Entry: A Document from an Internet Sitep. 207
An Entire Internet Sitep. 216
An Online Bookp. 218
An Article in an Online Periodicalp. 221
A Publication on CD-ROM, Diskette, or Magnetic Tapep. 224
A Work in More Than One Publication Mediump. 228
A Work from a Library or Personal Subscription Servicep. 229
A Work in an Indeterminate Mediump. 230
Other Electronic Sourcesp. 231
Documentation: Citing Sources in the Text
Parenthetical Documentation and the List of Works Citedp. 238
Information Required in Parenthetical Documentationp. 238
Readabilityp. 239
Sample Referencesp. 242
Citing an Entire Work, Including a Work with No Page Numbersp. 242
Citing Part of a Workp. 244
Citing Volume and Page Numbers of a Multivolume Workp. 247
Citing a Work Listed by Titlep. 247
Citing a Work by a Corporate Authorp. 250
Citing Two or More Works by the Same Author or Authorsp. 251
Citing Indirect Sourcesp. 252
Citing Literary and Religious Worksp. 253
Citing More Than One Work in a Single Parenthetical Referencep. 256
Using Notes with Parenthetical Documentationp. 258
Content Notesp. 258
Bibliographic Notesp. 259
Abbreviations
Introductionp. 262
Time Designationsp. 263
Geographic Namesp. 264
Common Scholarly Abbreviationsp. 265
Publishers' Namesp. 272
Symbols and Abbreviations Used in Proofreading and Correctionp. 274
Selected Proofreading Symbolsp. 274
Common Correction Symbols and Abbreviationsp. 275
Titles of Literary and Religious Worksp. 275
Biblep. 276
Shakespearep. 278
Chaucerp. 279
Other Literary Worksp. 280
Selected Reference Works by Field
Anthropologyp. 284
Art and Architecturep. 284
Biologyp. 285
Businessp. 285
Chemistryp. 286
Computer Sciencep. 286
Educationp. 287
Environmental Sciencesp. 287
Geographyp. 288
Geologyp. 288
Historyp. 289
Language and Literaturep. 289
Lawp. 291
Mathematicsp. 291
Medicinep. 291
Musicp. 292
Philosophyp. 292
Physicsp. 293
Psychologyp. 293
Religionp. 294
Science and Technologyp. 294
Sociologyp. 295
Other Systems of Documentation
Endnotes and Footnotesp. 298
Documentation Notes versus the List of Works Cited and Parenthetical Referencesp. 298
Note Numbersp. 298
Note Form versus Bibliographic Formp. 299
Endnotes versus Footnotesp. 299
Sample First Note References: Books and Other Nonperiodical Publicationsp. 300
Sample First Note References: Articles and Other Publications in Periodicalsp. 303
Sample First Note References: Miscellaneous Print and Nonprint Sourcesp. 306
Sample First Note References: Electronic Publicationsp. 309
Subsequent Referencesp. 312
Author-Date Systemp. 313
Number Systemp. 315
Specialized Style Manualsp. 316
Sample Pages of a Research Paper in MLA Stylep. 319
Indexp. 323
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